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Thanks, Dallas!


So this happened last night … not just me posing with a drunk werewolf!

The People’s Last Halloween went down last night at the People’s Last Stand, and it was a tremendous time! The Mockingbird Station bar was packed with costumed revelers, enjoying complimentary eats and ghoulishly good drinks and grooving to DJ Blake Ward’s phenomenal set of spooky-themed music. One gal even performed all the steps to MJ’s “Thriller” dance!

Overall, it was an epic time, and I’m happy about all my chickadees who came out to support and have a blast. Thanks and much love to you all … XOXO

Spend an evening in ‘Clybourne Park’

Tiffany Hobbs, Hassan El-Amin and Sally-Nystuen Vahle in 'Clybourne Park.' Photo by Karen Almond

Tiffany Hobbs, Hassan El-Amin and Sally-Nystuen Vahle in ‘Clybourne Park.’ Photo by Karen Almond

The Dallas Theater Center‘s latest play, Clybourne Park, is a time-traveling commentary on class, race and how they divide even neighbors over the span of 50 years.

The Clybourne Park in the title is a Chicago neighborhood that in Act 1 is an all-white enclave where middle-aged couple Bev and Russ live in the tight-lipped domesticity of the ’50s. We learn that the couple is selling their home … and then later we learn they’re selling it to what would be the neighborhood’s first black family. We watch as the repercussions of their decision ripple through their friendships and even in their relationship with their maid Francine, who is black, and it’s here that the actors come alive. Sally Nystuen Vahle as Bev exemplifies the sweet exterior-with-a-seething-interior XXSXXX we’ve come to identify as a fact of life in the ’50s. Vahle delivers a measured and assured performance and veers from mild to tortured to mild with a veteran’s deftness. Chamblee Ferguson as Russ isn’t asked to keep as much emotion under the surface and emits it with thunder.

Allison Pistorius and Steven Michael Walters. Photo by Karen Almond

Allison Pistorius and Steven Michael Walters. Photo by Karen Almond

The play’s second act fast-forwards to the same Clybourne Park home in 2009, well after the neighborhood has become predominantly black and is undergoing gentrification, i.e., the return of white residents. A young white couple seeks to buy the house and in the process of trying to renovate the now historical home ignites a war of words with the black couple that has ties to the building. In this act, piquant performances by Allison Pistorius, Steven Michael Walters and Tiffany Hobbs light up the stage, their tart exchanges revealing reliances on stereotypes, accusations of racism and … howling, armor-piercing jokes.

The parties don’t quite work out their differences in the end, but Clybourne Park’s success is in getting touchy topics out of the bag and into the public conversation. Winning performances make it an enjoyable one.

(Pssst! In a fascinating pairing, DTC is showing Raisin in the Sun in repertory during Clybourne‘s run. It’s a perfect companion piece, in also dealing with neighborhood integration in a ’50s suburb. Learn more here.)

‘Clybourne Park’ by Dallas Theater Center
Wyly Theatre through Oct. 27.
Get tickets here.

How Chevy drove me to heaven …

Chevy sportsters

This past week, I was invited to test-drive a number of Chevrolet’s hot new models at the State Fair, and, let me tell you, chickadees, I vroomed my way straight into nirvana! It was like that scene out of Grease where Sandy and Danny drive off into the sky … more on that in a bit.


Halloween thrills with The Diva and CultureMap!


I’m pleased as pumpkin pie to announce that the fun and freaky folks at Mockingbird Station have asked me to co-host a Halloween party at one of my FAVORITE bars, The People’s Last Stand!

On Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., moi and CultureMap Dallas nightlife editor Jonathon Rienstra will welcome ghouls and goblins of the night of sips, snacks and supreme scares! There’ll be prizes for the best costumes, so whip out your best gear and dress to impress! Too, we’ll be handing out two drink tickets for all guests, and complimentary bites will be available — so far, this is win-win territory, chickadees.

The screens behind the bar will be showing horror flicks AND DJ Blake Ward will be in the house spinning up a musical storm. The bestest part? All this is free and open to the public (21 and up, of course)! I really, truly hope to see you there — do stop by and say hi. Not sure what costume I’ll be going for, but I always love the flapper look. Oooh, or perhaps I’ll get dolled up like Joan on Mad Men. Hmmmm, so much to choose from. You’d do well to choose fabulously to contend for one of the prizes. Whatever you decide, I hope to see you on Oct. 30! Make sure to RSVP at the event’s Facebook page here.

GODIVA’s Truffle Flights rocked my world!

Our dreamy Truffle Takeoff tour guide, Micah, was as luscious as the treats, ha!

Our Truffle Takeoff tour guide, Micah, was as luscious as the treats, ha!

Last night, Klyde Warren Park came alive with the sights and sounds of pure ecstasy. NO, it was not from the Decks in the Park DJ party — but moans, oohs and ahhs of delight from moi and my fans, friends and followers who joined GODIVA‘s Truffle Takeoff VIP tasting.

As previously stated, I am no chocoholic. As you regular readers will know, I’m not even a big fan of sweets in general. But, boy, oh, boy, did GODIVA make my heart melt with some candied fabulousness.


With our Truffle Takeoff pilot Micah, we were treated to the Dark Decadence Truffle Flight that contained: Dark Vanilla Mousse, Chocolate Soufflé, 50% Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Lava Cake, 72% Extra Dark Chocolate and Aztec Spice truffles. From left to right, each bite got increasingly richer and more heavenly. My absolute favorite was the 50% Dark Chocolate, as it wasn’t too dark and had a sinfully melty interior I let luxuriate on my tongue. Yowrrrmm. Micah rightly suggested we just take one bite of each nugget and save the other bite for later — richness is spades! He even offered some wine pairing ideas, saying that the lighter truffles would pair well with a light pinot grigio with the heavier ones marrying nicely with a big red or dry sauvignon blanc, for example. Mmmm …


As you can see, my chickadees who attended enjoyed their truffle-tacular experience, and it was so lovely to enjoy the flight with them. Big, huge, creamy, melty thanks to GODIVA for making it all happen — check out more pics from our event here.

This post was created in partnership with GODIVA Chocolatier, which provided me with product and compensation for this post; however this post is based on my own experience and opinion, and I wouldn’t host or endorse anything I don’t like or respect!

Chinese Lantern Festival = My fountain of youth


Last night, I had the chance to enjoy a preview party at the Chinese Lantern Festival at Fair Park — what a wonder! I could go on and on (and ON!) about how breathtakingly beautiful it was, but I think it’s best to let you have a glimpse of all the magic and majesty that’s awaiting you. Suffice it to say, however, that I felt like a 7-year-old, even going so far as to skip from highlight to highlight — yes! I was, all, “Ooooh, ahhh, LIGHTS!” Should go without saying that I highly recommend you to visit! Just make sure to take a gander at the map; had we not looked around certain corners, TechGod and I would’ve missed out on some fantastic scenery.

The lantern fest opens to the public tomorrow, Sept. 27, and runs through Jan. 5. Definitely read up on how to get tickets before you go, here. For now, check out the slide show!

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Join GODIVA’s Truffle Takeoff at Klyde Warren Park!


Hola, chickadees! I’m back with more delicious details about this Thursday’s VIP Truffle Takeoff tour going down at Klyde Warren Park. First off, there is more edible info to share about the Truffle Flights themselves — see what makes GODIVA’s filled chocolate candies so delectable …

At Thursday’s VIP tasting event, a handful of lucky fans and followers will join an expert-led tour through your favorite flight. Just tell me: Which flight would YOU choose? Your options are …

Nut Lovers Truffle Flight: Salted Almond, Hazelnut Crunch, Pecan Caramel, Butterscotch Walnut, Maple Walnut, Pistachio.

Dark Decadence Truffle Flight: Dark Vanilla Mousse, Chocolate Soufflé, 50% Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Lava Cake, 72% Extra Dark Chocolate, Aztec Spice

Heavenly Mousse Truffle Flight: Dark Vanilla Mousse, Milk Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Mousse, Lemon Mousse, Peach Mousse and Café Au Lait Mousse

Cake Truffle Flight: Birthday Cake, Pineapple Hummingbird Cake, Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake, Lemon Chiffon Cake.

Ultimate Dessert Truffle Flight: Chocolate Éclair, Crème Brulee, Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake, Tiramisu, Strawberry Crème Tarte

Milk Chocolate Lovers Truffle Flight: Chocolate Éclair, Milk Chocolate Mousse, Milk Chocolate, Butterscotch Walnut, Salted Almond, Hazelnut Crunch

I’m torn between the Cake Truffle Flight and the Nut Lovers Flight, yum! Good problem to have! And I hope you can join me!

I have four pairs of tickets to give out to an 8 p.m. seating this Thursday — just use the nifty and conveeeenient Rafflecopter tool below to enter by tweeting my special message OR leaving a comment. (Oh, and be sure to check out how Atlanta and NYC’s Truffle Takeoff events went here!)

And if you don’t snag a ticket to the VIP affair, no worries! GODIVA will set up a booth for all chocoholics to pop by and try a truffle, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Klyde Warren.

This post was created in partnership with GODIVA Chocolatier, which provided me with product and compensation for this post; however this post is based on my own experience and opinion, and I wouldn’t host or endorse anything I don’t like or respect!

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Studio Movie Grill ups its menu game

SMG grub

In the last month, local eat-while-you-watch theater chain Studio Movie Grill has updated its menu with items and specials that aim to appease tummies. I was asked to pop in to check them out recently. My movie selection, by the by, was R-rated comedy We’re The Millers, which I super-highly recommend … laughs for days, and such a fun little trifle. But on to the food!

Thanks to the rugrats next to me and my guest (YES, there were kiddos at this strong R-rated show) ordering them and killing us with the aroma, we started with the classic buffalo wings. Mmmmm times 2! Satisfied that jones and got me my fix of SMG’s strangely addictive ranch dressing. What is IN that stuff??

Along with our wings, we requested a couple of the new adult shakes — I went for the Kahlua Mudslide, with Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Absolut Vodka and vanilla ice cream, while my friend “Dr. Lucy” went with the vodka and orange liqueur-starring Orange Dreamsicle. I took a sip of mine and freakin’ loved it, then I took a sip of hers and didn’t want to give it back — that Dreamsicle was like my fondest childhood memory of the ice cream truck, with a hit of vodka. Love! Dr. Lucy reports, “OMG, the Orange Dreamsicle was ridiculously good!! I would have had another if I wasn’t driving.” Way to stay safe, doc! :)

Steak and Gravy_RET

I was strongly recommended to sample the Steak & Gravy sandwich (above), and as a Texan, I think this dish needs a new name — I envisioned a chicken-fried steak on a roll with cream gravy! This was more like a French dip situation, with slices of tenderloin steak, Swiss cheese all good and melty and caramelized onions on a sub roll and a Cabernet dipping sauce on the side. Talk about hearty! The roll itself was super-delicious and had just enough give to not overwhelm the steak-y star of the show. The steak was tender and nicely seasoned, and the dipping sauce a savory sensation. I actually craved a glass of wine with this …

Another new dish we sampled was the tenderloin tips and mushroom pasta. Talk about hearty, part 2! It’s a dish I imagine would warm my insides come late fall/winter. Flavorwise, it was pretty darn good — rigatoni, hefty portobellos, steak chunks tossed in a creamy garlic-Cabernet sauce and served up with buttered and griddled bread. Quite tasty, and a dish I’d share with a movie mate! Dr. Lucy said, “the beef tips were actually very tender and well seasoned with the mushrooms but not overly so.”

A featured chicken parmesan sandwich was part of SMG’s new Chefs for Children program, where 5% of proceeds from featured menu items go toward Children’s Medical Center Variety The Children’s Charity. We didn’t order it during the film due to a miscommunication, but general manager Matt sent us with a serving to go. What little I tasted of it (I was stuffed to bursting at this point!) was delish, and Dr. Lucy said she loved it.


Among other menu additions at SMG are ceviche wraps and a yummy-sounding blackened chicken salad (above) that I may have to make mine next visit, slathered in the aforementioned addictive ranch dressing. Glad to have some new options besides my standby (and original and forever love!!), SMG’s chicken tenders. Also new is a 2-for-$25 meal special that’s perfect for duos or dates. Keep up the tastiness!

NOLA Day 3: Biking with booze

day 3 collage

Friday in New Orleans started out bright and beautifully, just beckoning us outside. Good thing we’d be spending a good chunk of time outdoors with a much-looked-forward-to excursion that spoke to our inner lushes: Confederacy of Cruisers’ cocktail history bike tour of the French Quarter! It’s like we were made for each other! But first we had to breakfast!

A spot I’ve come to loooove visiting on my trips to New Orleans is Le Croissant d’Or, on a quiet stretch of the FQ.


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